DJ Disasters: Loadstar

When it all goes wrong...
Loadstar

Every DJ has one.

A night when everything that can possibly go wrong does - and it does so in spectacular fashion. ClashMusic brings you DJ Disasters, featuring some of the most respected figures in the dance world reminiscing about those moments when it all went badly wrong.

If you're going to take bass into the stadium world, then you might as well do it right. Loadstar - aka drum 'n' bass veterans Gavin Harris and Nick Hill - are more like a band than a production duo, with their live show having a visceral, palpable sense of muscle.

Taking their sound across the globe, Loadstar have faced venues holding countless thousand fans without breaking a sweat. Of course, it isn't always like this...

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DJing is one of the most enjoyable things you can do, but we’ve had our fair share of disaster stories over the years. Some of the worst are to do with travel and problems getting to the show. One of the most significant stories was when I (Nick) arrived in USA in 2007 with my then DJ partner and mate Kubiks. We weren’t very well known back then in the US and we had played a couple of tours previously there which had pretty much been wack, but we enjoyed being out there so much we couldn’t wait to get back. Arriving at immigration in Cleveland Ohio, slightly weary but looking forward to clanging it out hard that night, we were pulled aside straight away to the ‘back room’ to be questioned further. Thinking this was just standard procedure, the customs officers were friendly to us at first ‘Just a few questions guys, nothing to worry about’.

It wasn’t long before we were separated into individual interrogation rooms, and that’s when alarm bells started to ring. We realised we hadn’t fully rehearsed our masterplan of how to answer the questions that were going to be thrown at us by, at this point, quite irate and intimidating immigration officers. This was to continue for the next 4.5 hours. To be honest I can’t go into all the details about our version of events as I’m worried a US customs officer might one day read this and have me rectally examined next time I go on tour there. But the short story is, we didn’t have the right visas to perform these shows, and our cover story was blown within minutes. ‘How come your story is different to your friend??......What are you doing here?’ By this point these guys were not messing around, they had printouts of our Myspace pages with all our tour dates on, and photocopies of flyers we were on etc.. But they knew we weren’t being honest and this just made the situation worse.

They had guns strapped to them and used the classic ‘good cop, bad cop’ technique on us. Some guy would come in with a bottle of water and be really nice, assuring me all was OK and we’d be through in no time. Minutes later another guy would come in, shouting ‘TELL ME WHAT THE HELL IS GOIN ON!!’ ‘THIS IS BULLSHIT’, slamming doors etc, I’m not exaggerating! They threatened to chuck us in state penitentiary if we didn’t co-operate so at that point we just wanted to go home. They took forever taking fingerprints, mug shots, filling out forms etc and kept messing it up so we had to keep redoing everything about 5 times. We were denied entry and told we were going straight home so we were more than willing to co-operate by this point. As it was a small airport there was only one flight back that night to London, and we very nearly missed it. Luckily they held the plane for us. These days I have a proper visa, so everything is fine, but I travel to USA 7/8 times a year and every time immigration give me hassle. But I’m ever so polite now.

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Loadstar's new album 'Future Perfect' is set to be released on May 27th via Ram Records.

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